Hazardous Materials Incident
What To Do during a Hazardous Materials Incident
If you suspect that there has been some type of chemical release in your area:
- Listen to radio or TV emergency broadcasts and follow instructions given
- Bring family and pets inside
- Change clothes; leave old clothes and shoes outside
- Close ALL doors and windows
- Do not eat or drink anything uncovered
How to Shelter-in-Place
- Bring pets and family members inside
- Close and lock all exterior doors and windows. Close vents, fireplace dampers and as many interior doors as possilbe.
- Turn off air conditioners and ventilation systems. In large buildings, set ventilation systems to 100 percent recirculation so that no outside air is drawn into the building. If this is not possible, ventilation systems should be turned off.
- Go into the pre-selected shelter room with your emergency supply kit. This room should be above ground and have the fewest openings to the outside.
- Seal gaps under doorways and windows with wet towels or plastic sheeting and duct tape.
- Seal gaps around window and air conditioning units, bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans, and stove and dryer vents with duct tape and plastic sheeting, wax paper or aluminum wrap.
- Use material to fill cracks and holes in the room, such as those around pipes.
- If gas or vapors could have entered the building, take shallow breaths through a cloth or a towel. Avoid eating and drinking any food that may be contaminated.